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Trying to learn Avid? Are you switching from another non-linear editor and would like to learn how Media Composer or Symphony works? With The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook by Kyra Coffie you can get a solid foundation on how these very powerful programs work.

The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook provides new users a solid foundation for working in Avid, and it can accelerate an Avid assistant editor’s transition to a coveted editor role. There is also a comprehensive chapter on multigrouping that details this often-used process and often-encountered job requirement.

The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook retails for $50, however you have the chance to get it for free! One lucky winner will get this informative book shipped to them for the cost of nothing. All you need to do is follow the giveaway rules below.

SEE ALSO: Learn Avid Media Composer


The winner for the Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook is… Emily Krentz. Congratulations Emily! Kyra (the author) will be contacting you soon via email.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. If you did not win, head over to AvidAsstEditor.com to see details on the Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook.

Handbook Giveaway Rules

To have a chance to win a copy of this book, please adhere to the following rules:

  • Leave a comment below with your correct email address explaining why you would like to win a copy of this book.
  • You must leave a comment below by May 8th, 2012.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen on May 9th, 2012.
  • The winner will be contacted by EditingWhiz using the email address you provided.
  • If the winner does not reply within one (1) week, a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize is one (1) printed version of “The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook” from AvidAsstEditor.com.

If you would like a bonus entry, you may tweet the following message (it is optional, not mandatory):

Wow! @TheEditingWhiz is giving away a copy of “The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook” by @AvidAsstEditor. http://bit.ly/Avid-Book-Giveaway

So all you need to do is leave a comment below on this giveaway page with your correct email address and you will be notified if you won. Tweeting is optional but will be counted as an extra entry. Good luck everyone!

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About The Author: Connor Crosby

Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and website developer. Experience using numerous NLEs including Final Cut Pro 7/X, Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer.


  1. avatar
    Peter Reeve

    Switching from FCP to Avid MC. Sounds like this would be a good book to own! Thanks guys :)

  2. avatar
    Ahmed Abouzeid

    good to know avid well , i am using it since 2003 and its amazing software for professional edit

  3. avatar
    Sara Galvao

    A FCP user for many years, and after a short and painful spell of Avid 3 at film school, am now slowly coming to terms with the possibilities that this new Avid is bringing. Plus, goal of the year, get a new pimped up computer, so still have a few months to decide in which NLE to splash some money!

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    Hari Narendran

    been using Avid MC for over a year now and I absolutely love it but with Avid working hard to improve the software, I’m an user always looking to get better as an editor and get a ‘better’ understanding of every single element/ aspect of Media Composer so I’d love to get my hands on the Avid assistant editor’s handbook

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    I have been an Assistant Editor since 2010, and am still shy a few years before I can confidently speak for my career arc and advanced skills. So tt never ceases to amaze me when someone illuminates a workflow technique that suddenly makes my time management increase from being a chore to being a sinch.

    Just last week I had it up to here….
    “DAVE reaching his hand in a “water level” gesture as high as he can reach above his head”

    …with the Workspace limitations. I needed a better option to customize my workspace then what I saw as a limited number of presets.

    To my good fortune, all I had to do was google the keywords “Workspace” “Avid Media Composer” “Custom” and I found a blog entry at http://avidassteditor.com entitled “I’m lazy and you should be lazy too”.

    Kyra Coffie gave the low-down on duplicating “Workspace” in the settings tab to customize my interface however I wanted, and with screen grabs, showed me just how I could make this happen and label my settings in the column. She describes it much better than I can sum up here, but it was a game changer!

    I would love to own this book as an invaluable resource to save me from obstacles along the path of everything from mundane workflow habits to tips and tricks that might suddenly conquer any challenges that a tight deadline throws my way!

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    Darren Hallihan

    I work at a company where we have 4 leads during the day and 9 night assists working on 12 shows. The night guys range from digitizers to knowledgeable AE’s. I would love to have the guys that want to learn more be able to read this and get brought up to speed quicker.

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    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for quite a while! Now that it’s out, I’m having trouble finding the expendable cash to spring for it. Living on an AE’s salary isn’t the easiest thing as I’m sure you all know. Currently, I’m working at a FCP house and that’s what I learned to edit on, but the boss tells me we’ll be switching to Avid sooner rather than later. I can muddle my way through the basics of Avid, but that won’t cut it when we’re all AVID. The best editors can do their jobs right the first time and do it quickly. I hope to learn these tricks of the trade from The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook.

    I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Coffie just a few months ago. I learned so much from her in that time that I KNOW this book will offer so much useful information to help me advance my skills and career. I’m really looking forward to reading it and I’d love to get some help from EditingWhiz to nab a copy!

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    Alan Mackulin

    I am transitioning my career from the camera/production side to the post production side. Faced with the financial strain of supporting a family, I have had to my transition dream on hold indefinitely. Kyra’s book seems like a godsend as I am trying to learn the avid and move into a career as an Assistant Editor. This book seems to be the answer to my prayers as it covers the essentials needed to do the job. This is an exciting contest/giveaway you are doing!!!

  9. avatar

    I need to become better.
    We all need to do better.
    I need some help to do better.

  10. avatar
    Fred Fenge

    I am just about to graduate and this book will be incredibly useful and helpful when it comes to starting my career and undergoing my first assistant editing jobs.

  11. avatar

    I am currently stuck in a hole. If I had this book I could stand on it and i woud finally be high enough to jump and make a grab for the top of the hole. If I could then figure out how to get the book out of the hole without getting myself stuck again I would love to read the book to learn some avid tricks which I may not be aware of.

  12. avatar

    I want to give this to my assistants to read, then tell them to buy their own copies

  13. avatar
    camille reysset

    I discover myself recently as a hardcore avid fan, so many colors right now !

  14. avatar
    Alfred Espino

    Sometimes you forget the solution and I just want to have a reference to fall back on. Kyra has given me advice before when trouble shooting an XDCam files uprez problem. All the advice she gave she was finding in her book. So it be definitely good to have especially if you take breaks from avid or post. So hook me up!!!!

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    Brian Ging

    I am an editor who is launching my assistant editor career (stepping down to assistant editing to get my days for Editor’s Guild membership) and I will be doing a feature that starts in 17 days on the Avid! I can’t think of a better way to prepare than to read and study Kyra Coffie’s book!


  16. avatar
    Chris Russell

    I need a new bible to reference, this should do the trick.

  17. avatar
    Jason Whissell

    As a professor who teaches Avid, it’s always good to have lots of source material to use as reference.

  18. avatar

    I am an FCP editor about to make the switch to be an Avid AE. I need all the resources I can get my hands on to get up to speed. I have heard many great things about this book and I would love to read it and use it.

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    FCP and premiere doesn’t work for me anymore, and I am looking out for other NLE to help my daily workflow. Maybe with this book, it will enlighten me.

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    Ahmad Halimi

    I’m a 20 year old boy and I really think I have a talent for story telling through editing (short and long form). I’m trying to get into the industry with my long-term goal of editing feature films.

    I can edit on Avid but when it gets to knowing the software, I would like to know all of it so I can start assistant editing and move up the ladder to become a professional editor. And hopefully one day, edit feature films!

  21. avatar
    Dillon Freel

    I’ve just graduated college where I learned Fincal Cut and have just been hired for my first assistant editing job and will be assisting editors working on the Avid. From what I’ve read this book looks like a great resource and a great introduction to a program I need to play catch up with!

  22. avatar
    Jonathan Grubbs

    About to start production on a feature doc. Hopefully gearing up for AVID. I’m the one-stop shop, editor. NO assistant, therefore I AM the assistant. Need to learn tricks and tips, and quick. :)

  23. avatar
    Lee Rothenflue

    EditWhiz is awesome!

  24. avatar
    Luke Galiazzo

    I’m a student whose learnt on Final Cut Pro 7 and as Final Cut Pro X is a completely different beast I’d like to learn Avid’s systems to prepare myself for my future professional career.

  25. avatar
    Emily Krentz

    I’m currently a film student studying post-production. I had my first crash course with AVID this past semester and instantly fell in love. I want to learn as much as I can to become a better editor in all aspects, and this book would be the perfect guide. I want to head back to college, come September, with a more confident approach at using Media Composer. We dive right into projects, and I want to be able to dive right into all the technical aspects of AVID’s editing software, all-the-while, doing what I love.

  26. avatar

    I will be purchasing Avid Symphony in the near future and would love to get my hands on this book since I have been away from Avid for over 5 years.

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